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During Orthodontic treatment…is Fluoride Friend or Foe?

Original post made by OlesDrobocky, another community, on Jul 12, 2012

Poor Brushing during Orthodontic treatmentThere are many ways you protect your teeth during your treatment with Dr. Oles Drobocky. You brush your teeth after meals and snacks, floss regularly, and protect your mouth and appliances from being damaged by watching foods you eat and wearing a mouth guard during contact sports . But did you know about fluoride to keep your teeth sparkling and healthy during orthodontic treatment to protect against tooth decay and white marks around your braces during treatment?

Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay to keep your teeth strong! Fluoride comes in two varieties: topical applied directly on the teeth or as part of your diet in a supplement. The most commonly used is the topical form found in toothpaste or in a fluoride rinse. The team at Drobocky Orthodontics recommends fluoride to help maintain healthy teeth for children, teens, and adults undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Fluoride used in an orthodontic or dental office is a stronger concentration than in toothpaste or mouthwash you can buy over the counter at your local grocery or drug store. If your general dentist prescribes a fluoride product, it usually only takes just a few minutes to apply after your regular cleaning. Once applied, it is suggested patients not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.

Your general dentist will determine how often to repeat the fluoride process; every 6 months – once a year, especially for kids who poor brushing habits. Additional in house fluoride products such as mouthwashes, gels or antibacterial rinses are often prescribed by orthodontists for additional protect ion of your teeth during treatment to prevent decalcification or white marks around the braces due to poor brushing habits. So obviously, when all is said an done… fluoride is your friend during orthodontic treatment.

When choosing your own fluoride product, be sure to check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and have met the criteria of the ADA for safety and effectiveness when using a dental product.

At Drobocky Orthodontics, we are pleased to provide you with this helpful information and to offer you the finest orthodontic care for you and your family. If you or someone in your family is interested more information about how we can help achieve the smile you deserve, contact our office for a free new patient exam.

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Posted by Jacqueline H. Hansen
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jul 20, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Surprising to know that fluoride has so many advantages on teeth. But a review of brain studies involving the use of fluoride has concluded that one of the adverse effects of fluoride exposure on children is damage to their neurological development. Its always better not to use much fluoride over children. Today children at a tender age are made to go through orthodontic treatments to create room for erupting teeth Web Link and for similar reasons, so traces of fluoride are consumed by them. These traces of fluoride can be very harmful and as mentioned can cause neural damage and other problems.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

Fluoride is added to the tap water in Mountain View and to Hetch Hetchy from which most of our tape water is obtained. The SCV Water District is also planning to add fluoride. The problem is that the chemical does not keep water safe, is not good for everyone and is harmful - even to teeth - when too much is consumed. Forty percent of children now have teeth damaged by too much fluoride (from various sources). Dumping even a measured amount of a chemical in the water does not control the dose received by individuals. You may need to shower or bathe using tap water, but you surely should consider not using it to cook or drink.

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Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Putting fluoride in water is the most absurd unscientific, un-healthy thing
I can imagine.

Fluoride is a drug, and it is prescribed in non-specific amounts in drinking
water and on the skin to people whether they need it or want it or

The research I have read is that it is good for the teeth, but so is calcium,
but no responsible medical practitioner would give unspecified treatments
to everyone for their whole lives.

OK ... but lets say fluoride is good for our teeth ... still what is the sense of
putting it our tap water, which few of us even drink anymore.

They used to put mineral flouride in the water is what I understand. Now
industrial waste is used which is not natural mineral flouride like you might
get from a spring, but fluoride that could have impurities in it. Is it checked
or guaranteed? Do you trust the people who do this after reading about
what happened with lead in Flint, MI and other communities scattered
through the country.

What is the cost budgeted for fluoride in our water and how and where is
it done. I'd like to leave fluoride treatment up to the individual. Maybe
bottled water companies could provide bottled water with fluoride added
in a known concentration.

Why does it make sense to put fluoride in the water when probably over
99% of all water used in CA is not even drunk by people?

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